Unstable Blood Glucose Level

Unstable Blood Glucose Level .


Introduction to Nursing Diagnosis: Unstable Blood Glucose Level

Unstable blood glucose levels, also known as hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia, are a common condition that can cause significant health problems. Unstable blood glucose levels occur when the body is unable to properly manage insulin or other related hormones, resulting in elevated or reduced blood glucose levels. Unstable glucose levels can have serious medical complications, including the development of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Proper management of unstable blood glucose levels is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Nursing Diagnosis Definition

Noncompliance related to unstable blood glucose level.

Defining Characteristics


  • Discomfort
  • Disturbance in sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Overall feeling of malaise
  • Anxiety


  • Vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased urination
  • Weight loss/gain
  • Abnormal breathing patterns

Related Factors

  • Insulin deficiency
  • Lack of understanding about dietary needs
  • Inadequate knowledge about the condition
  • Unmanageable stress levels
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Inadequate glycemic control

Risk Population

People with diabetes, prediabetes, or family history of diabetes are at risk of developing unstable blood glucose levels. Other risk factors include age, obesity, physical activity, dietary patterns, and medications.

Associated Problems

If left untreated, unstable blood glucose levels can lead to complications including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney damage, stroke, and nerve damage.

Suggestions of Use

It is recommended that all individuals maintain a healthy lifestyle by engaging in regular physical activity, eating a nutritious diet, and getting adequate rest. If an individual is at risk of developing unstable blood glucose levels, they should consult their healthcare provider for additional guidance.

Suggested alternative NANDA diagnosis

  • Impaired insulin regulation
  • Ineffective health maintenance
  • Readiness for enhanced fluid balance

Usage Tips

  • Assess the patient’s history and lifestyle for risk factors for unstable blood glucose levels.
  • Identify knowledge deficits for self-management of unstable blood glucose levels.
  • Monitor blood glucose levels regularly and adjust medications accordingly.
  • Provide education and support to patients and families regarding lifestyle changes and medication adjustment.

NOC Results

  • Blood Glucose Control: Demonstrates understanding and application of self-care activities to facilitate effective management of blood glucose levels.
  • Nutrition Management: Demonstrates ability to manage daily dietary intake to achieve adequate nutrition and appropriate glycemic control.
  • Self-Care: Demonstrates ability to express an understanding of the management of unstable blood glucose levels.

NIC Interventions

  • Nutrition Management: Design and teach appropriate meal plans to promote stable blood glucose levels.
  • Insulin Therapy Management: Create, implement, and evaluate strategies to effectively manage insulin therapy.
  • Blood Glucose Monitoring Education: Provide instruction and support to enable patient to monitor and evaluate blood glucose levels.


Unstable blood glucose levels can have serious health implications if left unmanaged. Therefore, it is important that individuals understand the signs and symptoms of unstable blood glucose levels and take appropriate action to prevent and manage it. With the proper lifestyle modifications, medications, and medical supervision, individuals can maintain a healthy lifestyle with successful management of their condition.


  • What is the definition of unstable blood glucose levels?
  • Unstable blood glucose levels is a condition where the body is unable to effectively manage insulin or other related hormones, resulting in elevated or reduced blood glucose levels.

  • What are some of the associated problems of having unstable blood glucose levels?
  • If left untreated, unstable blood glucose levels can lead to serious medical complications such as cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

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